It’s an illustration of the vacuousness of the vast climate industry that one rather silly and misleading graphic has caused such a frenzy in their community over the last couple of days. Climate scientist Ed Hawkins from the University of Reading put this animated gif on his Climate Lab Book blog on May 9th and promoted it on twitter, and since then it has ‘gone viral’. Climate hysteria seems to be spiralling out of control.
Here are just a few of the daft responses to it in the media:
This “Doom Spiral” Is All You Need to Understand Global Warming: Global temperatures are spiraling out of control, and this spiral animation proves it.
The spiralling climate crisis GIF every business leader should see: But “terrifying” doesn’t even cover it. As you watch the accelerating outward spiral of the post-industrial revolution temperature record the true scale of the environmental challenge hits home like a freight train, like a forest fire, like a cleaving glacier.
Can a GIF change the way we think about global warming?: Mesmeric yet terrifying, given its implications, the GIF will continue to make waves on the internet for a while yet. But will it change policy?
And here are some examples of the twitter-terror-tantrum:
Hawkins even tried to get Leonardo DiCaprio interested:
But then, a bit like the authors of another recent piece of climate overhype, he seemed to show a bit of concern about the over-reaction:
Other climate scientists praised the diagram as an example of excellent science communication.
But two Met Office scientists expressed some doubts about it:
Retired statistics professor Roman Mureika pointed out some flaws:
. @ed_hawkins Viewer falsely interprets changes as percentage distance from centre. Only correct if ratio-scaled. Temperature is not.—
Roman Mureika (@OldStatProf) May 11, 2016
leading to this suggestion from Jonathan Jones:
Jonathan Jones (@nmrqip) May 11, 2016
[Thanks to Barry Woods for some of the links.]